Liverpool head to Old Trafford looking to become the first team to win a January Premier League game at the Theatre of Dreams since a Danny Murphy free kick allowed them to claim to the spoils way back in 2002.
With the once mighty Reds now languishing in eighth in the table and having lost eight of their previous nine league visits to the home of their arch rivals, those who bet big on the 3/1 that says they’ll repeat their January heroics this time around are not lacking in bravery.
A draw would be a respectable result for Liverpool, but is rated only a shade more likely than the away win at 11/4. The 5/6 available for another Manchester United three points, however, should have punters contemplating a re-mortgaging of their house and lumping the lot on the home side.
Since an unexpected reverse at Norwich, the Red Devils have won all but one of the nine games that ensued and are starting to dispel their defensive concerns through keeping two successive clean sheets in the league.
Although Liverpool have not failed to find the back of the net in five straight away games, you surely wouldn’t back against a home win to nil occurring at a monstrous 5/2, while a home clean sheet also offers appeal at 2’s.
Banking on either of these outcomes would simultaneously be placing your faith in Robin van Persie to reign supreme in what’s being billed as the battle of the Premier League’s finest frontmen.
Much-maligned Luis Suarez has only netted once against the Red Devils since his switch from Ajax two years ago; registering the final goal in United’s 2-1 win here last term. He’s 11/2 to have the final say when hostilities are renewed and a price of 7/4 says he’ll silence the Old Trafford boo-boys at any time in the match.
However, neither of these options are as attractive as the 1/1 on offer for an RVP goal in combined with a home win. The Dutchman has helped himself to nine in as many games – only one of which Sir Alex Ferguson’s men failed to win – and it’s difficult to envisage how his Uruguayan counterpart is going to outscore him, let alone Man United.
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